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Origami in the Garden

May 21–November 13, 2016

Monumental sculptures created by artist Kevin Box tell the story of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The exhibition includes large-scale installations, gallery works, Box's own compositions as well as collaborative works with his wife Jennifer and world-renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander.

Made possible by funding from PNC Arts Alive.

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Bonsai Display

May 21–November 13, 2016

The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.

Fall Mum Display

Through early-November, 2016

A display of more than 5,000 mums in shades of yellow, pink, purple and white, seasonal plants and fall foliage fill the Conservatory's outdoor Sculpture Courtyard and North Courtyard with color. 

Merry & Bright

November 19, 2016–January 1, 2017, 10am–5pm
Open until 9pm on November 23, 25, 26, 30 and December 7, 14–23, 26–31

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by festive horticulture displays and evening lighting.  Enjoy a gingerbread competition, Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the season.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
The gallery will feature two interactive, light-based works by artists and designers Jamie Zigelbaum and Marcelo Coelho.

Gingerbread Competition
On display November 29, 2016–January 1, 2017
View charming and creative gingerbread houses built by children and adults. This year CELEBRATE COLUMBUS! Envision your favorite local landmarks through embellished delectable designs. Gingerbread houses highlight our city and all it has to offer.
To join the competiton, download the registration form and contest rules here or pick up at the Visitor Center. Entries must be delivered on November 26 or 27 from 10am to 5pm. Share progress on your creation using #FPCGingerbread.



January 7–March 5, 2017

Stroll through an indoor garden inspired by the opulence of the Art Deco movement. Hundreds of orchid blooms and tropical plants are displayed in artful designs reflecting the global trends of the 1920s. 

In the Cardinal Health Gallery 
Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn's delicate, hand-cut paper collages are on view. Quiet and poetic, Eichhorn’s work radiates a complex harmony between the natural and handmade world.

Savage Gardens


Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.

Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.

The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory. 
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.

About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More